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Brigg House

Coniston

Key Information

Sleeps:10

Star Rating:VE 4 Star

Changeover:Friday

Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Pool Table
Garden Hot Tub
Wi-Fi Broadband

Things To Do While Staying At Brigg House

Our Explore More Pages showcase the best along with some of the lesser-known attractions of the Lake District. We want you to get the most from your experience whilst staying in this unique area by highlighting some of our favourite places, along with those of the owners and our friends most loved walks and attractions.

Some days you may wish to stay close to home, on others, set off and visit further away landscapes. Here are just a few of the magnificent places we love, both near and far, always remembering that nowhere is more than a hour to and hour and a quarter drive away, and the journey through the landscape is always part of the days enjoyment.

We would also love to hear about you memorable moments so we can share it with others. 
Either email or post us on Facebook, Google+ or twitter or even send a post card.

Owners Graham June's Favourite Things

Brigg House, a fine Victorian detached property set in idyllic Lakeland countryside close to the A5093 Broughton to Coniston road. The property is south facing,bounded by Torver Beck, which flows beneath Brigg House Bridge, to the south west and the old Coniston branch line, closed during the 'Beaching Cuts' in the early 60's and now a popular bridle way, to the east. 
 
The house was built in the late 1890's in the traditional Victorian Lakeland style in Lakeland slate with pitch pine timbers throughout, set on a craggy outcrop in 3/4 acre of formal mature gardens and natural woodland. The house was initially commissioned by a local entrepreneurial family who made their fortune in the local mining industry, initially copper, more latterly iron-ore, which flourished in the region throughout the 19th century, reaching it's zenith in the 2nd decade of the 20th century.
 
The property enjoys prominent, uninterrupted views out across the formal garden towards the Woodland fells beyond. The views to the rear through a mature stand of Scotts Pine and Beech trees take in the upper reaches of Torver High Common to 'Coniston Old Man' beyond.
 
A plethora of well used footpaths and bridle ways emanate from Brigg House, with walks over Torver Common towards 'Beacon' and 'Bell Knott'. Across the surrounding National Trust land, through 'Brackenbarrow' oak wood, past the charcoal burners kilns to Coniston Lake, for more shoreline walks. Or, take a cruise on the lake from Torver jetty aboard the steam yatch 'Gondola'. More energetic high level walks are accessible across Brigg House bridge, via 'Scarr Head', past the old climbers hut to reveal the complete vista of the Coniston massif from 'White Maiden' to 'Wetherlam', all readily achievable within the bounds of an energetic days walking.
 
Notable events which take place throughout the year are:
In Spring, the Coniston half marathon (14 miles circumnavigating the lake) runners pass by the entrance to Brigg House.
In Summer, Lakeland Trails hold a 15km trail race, again the route takes the runners along the footpath in front of Brigg House.
In Autumn, bi-annually the Cumbrian Shepherds Meet is held in the field in front of Brigg House.
In Winter, the local foxhounds are exercised on the three Torver commons on the first Wednesday in every month.
Add to this the many local agricultural shows and country fairs,the classic car and motorcycle rallys, there is a diversity of events to capture the imagination.
We hope you enjoy your stay at our property
Graham & June Dobson

Exploring the area near Brigg House

Sunny Bank Ferry Landing

From just north of Torve on the east shores of Coniston Water, take the nearby track down to the Sunny Bank ferry. It's a place to just pleasant to potter around the shore and take some time out. In warm summers a picnic and swim is huge fun. You can pick up a launch and cross to Brantwood, home of Ruskin, get some culture then have a decent spot of lunch at the adjoining Jumping Jenny cafe.


Blawith Fells - Coniston

The Blawith fells offer a gentle ramble. They lie on the west side of coniston, acessed from the lake road. They are a most agreeable, with excellent views, and the pretty little Beacon Tarn nestled in the fell, just there for to you to discover. Take a picnic for a fuller day - Take your time for better relaxation.

 


Steam Yacht Gondola - The Grand Romantic Gesture

The restored Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola offers an unrivalled sailing experience on Coniston Water travelling in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks.

You can join the day to trips around the lake and a memorable experience it will be.

Now here's the thing - you can hire the yacht as a private venue. Imagine escorting your loved one aboard and setting sail with just the two of you  - and the crew. Perhaps arrange a lunch, with champagne and strawberries, and if you haven't as yet, make the proposal. Or maybe you are here in the lakes celebrating your partners or a family members birthday or wedding anniversary. What could be a better way of marking the occasion than you and your family and friends sailing around the lake, in private, without the hubbub of others?

Its not cheap, however the more of you there are the better the head rate seems, the question is - is she or he worth it?

 


A Balloon Flight Over Cumbria

Imagine the romance and thrill to soar majestically skywards with a beautiful lake and mountain stretching away before and beneath you. This dream can now come true with Virgin Balloon Flights. Flights go from Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere, also Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in Ullswater. Wrap up warm, even in summer and make sure toy camera batteries are well charged. 

I did a flight with Clare in Egypt many years ago, and the memory still stays with both of us. So chaps if you want to make a grand romantic gesture, this could be the one. Imagine proposing to your loved one a few thousand feet above the land of poets and artists and florishing a bunch of flowers - can't fail!


Exploring further afield of Brigg House

Place Fell - Above Ullswater

Place Fell overlooks the southern basin of Ullswater on the eastern shore, rising at the centre of the great circlet of mountains of Helvellyn, the Dodds and the High Street peaks. Not the tallest of fells, but the views from its summit are splendid, with Ullswater reaching away into the distance. Less arduous than Helvellyn, and arguable safer, it offers altitude for all of reasonable fitness. Take a packed lunch and a camera for some super snaps for the family album.

 


There then are a few ideas for you to try. To get the most from you visit, do have a look at our Lakeland Guide Pages, the links to the many attractions, and of course explore the wider Internet for more wonderful areas and things to.